John Hamm Performing Arts Series

The John Hamm Performing Arts Series brings world-renowned musical artists to Covenant’s campus to offer recitals and educational opportunities that serve students as well as the surrounding Chattanooga and Lookout Mountain communities.


Through the performing arts series, each featured artist offers a recital on campus as well as master classes and opportunities for one-on-one voice lessons or coaching in specific repertoire. The recitals and master classes are free and open to the public, thanks to the partnership of generous donors.


The series is named after former Covenant professor Dr. John Hamm and is coordinated by David Tahere, assistant professor of music. Hamm served in the music department at Covenant for more than thirty years. During his tenure at Covenant, Hamm was known for his investment in the Chattanooga music community. In 1985, he founded Choral Arts of Chattanooga, which still provides the city with choral music, thirty years later.


The performing arts series seeks to carry on Hamm’s legacy of engaging with and giving back to the local music community. All recitals and master classes are free and open to the public. Recital tickets are available, free of charge, by completing this ticket request form, by emailing, or by calling 706.419.1459.


The John Hamm Performing Arts Series 2015-2016 Season


Thomas and Jones

Todd Thomas, baritone
with Paul Jones, piano

Thursday, September 17, 2015 | 7:00 p.m. | Chapel

Master Class 
Friday, September 18, 2015 | 2:00-3:00 p.m. | Chapel 


Baritone Todd Thomas has established himself as one of today's foremost interpreters of Verdi’s music. From the stages of the Atlanta, Sarasota, and Seattle operas all the way to the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Metropolitan Opera, Mr. Thomas has excited audiences with his “committed dramatic instincts,” “ample power,” and “rich and flexible dramatic baritone (voice).” Longtime collaborator Paul S. Jones will join him on the organ and piano. Jones, also an accomplished composer and church musician, brings his “effective, passionate musicianship” to the evening’s selections of Finzi, Mendelssohn, Leoncavallo, Strauss, and Jones.



Andreas Klein

Andreas Klein, piano
Thursday, November 5, 2015 | 7:00 p.m. | Chapel

Master Class
Friday, November 5, 2015 | 1:00-3:00 p.m. | Chapel


German pianist Andreas Klein has distinguished himself as a dynamic and compelling performer with his command of a wide range of tonal colors and imaginative interpretations. The New York Times declared him “A fascinating artist with all the indispensable qualities: temperament, taste, touch, tone, the four T’s of pianism,” and “A pianist who makes silences sound like music.” His debut in Chattanooga will include Beethoven’s Pathetique sonata and selections from Chopin, Liszt and Debussy.



The Dismembered Tennesseans

The Dismembered Tennesseans
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 | 7:00 p.m. | Chapel 

Jam Session
Tuesday, January 19, 2015 | 5:00 p.m. | Chapel Room 22


Honored by WTCI in 2009 with the History Makers Award, Fletcher Bright and the Dismembered Tennesseans have long been regarded for their excellence, musicianship, and most importantly, fun! They are continuously invited to Bluegrass festivals and performances throughout the South and provide a link to the cultural history of folk music in their highly entertaining concerts. “Great musicianship…and a wonderful sense of fun. It’s...those two things that make their concerts surefire.” We are thrilled to have them back to our campus!



The Marinus Ensemble

The Marinus Ensemble
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 | 7:00 p.m. | Chapel 

Sunday, February 21, 2016 | 4:00 p.m. | First Presbyterian Church, Chattanooga, TN 
Reception following concert


Our inaugural season closes with a residency from the Marinus Ensemble, a distinguished group of extraordinary artists dedicated to engaging audiences through brilliant performances and educational residencies. The members of the ensemble joining us at Covenant will include Amy Yang, piano, hailed as "a magnificent artist and poet”; Hye-Jin Kim, a violinist of “…heart-stopping and unrivaled beauty”; and the return of soprano Sarah Shafer and her "luminous voice.” The artists will close their residency with a concert of Schubert, Holst, Saint-Saëns, and Ravel.



Music Competition

Prof. David Tahere and six Covenant music students successfully competed at the Southeastern Region of the National Association of Teachers of Singing 2016 auditions, advancing to semifinal and final rounds of competition.
Chorale Conductor Dr. Scott Finch led current and former chorale members in "All for Jesus," as a tribute to Dr. John Hamm's investment in the Covenant College music department.
Dr. Finch discusses his desire to bless Covenant's surrounding communities through music.